We are excited to let you know that the earthquake simulator ShakeZone will once again be on campus this year! This simulated earthquake experience provides a safe reminder of what an earthquake might feel like. Attend and learn how to become better prepared. 

While at the ShakeZone visit emergency preparedness displays from Saanich and Oak Bay emergency programs, Canadian Red Cross, Ocean Networks Canada, the UVic School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, PreparedBC, St. John Ambulance, Oak Bay Fire Department, and UVic Emergency Planning. Make sure to stop by the UVic Bookstore display - they will have emergency kits available for purchase. Or, you could win one of the great prizes listed below!

Event Details

What:  ShakeZone - earthquake ride and emergency preparedness fair
Date:   Wednesday, September 18th
Time:   9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: near the fountain in front of the McPherson library
Who:    Everyone is invited

Share the event with this poster (pdf, 36KB). 


We are excited to announce there will be a number of prizes to be won at this event! Make sure to get a "UVic ShakeZone Trivia Passport", visit each of the displays, fill in the passport, and be eligible to have your name entered to win these prizes:

  • $20 UVic guest card and a Life Straw water filter combination - four available (Oak Bay Emergency Program)
  • LED lantern (Saanich Emergency Program)
  • Four person emergency kit (PreparedBC)
  • Small first aid kits (UVic Book Store)
  • Two first aid kits (St. John Ambulance)
  • Storm Buster portable gas range with 4 containers of butane fuel (Canadian Red Cross)

  See you there!


Upcoming Training

Building and Floor Emergency Coordinator Training

Are you part of your building's evacuation team? Are you a Building or Floor Emergency Coordinator in your building? This training is for you! Attend and learn more about your role as a Building or Floor Emergency Coordinator. These sessions are open to all BEC's and FEC's.

Tuesday, September 17                2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.       Register here.

Tuesday, October 15                     10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   Register here.

Thursday, November 14                10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   Register here.

For more information on Building Evacuations visit this page.


Fire Extinguisher Training

Are you a Building or Floor Emergency Coordinator? Attend a fire extinguisher training session and learn how you can respond if you encounter a small fire.

Wednesday, September 25           09:00 a.m. to 09:30 a.m.    Register here. (waitlist)

Thursday, October 24                   03:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.     Register here. (waitlist)

Thursday, November 28                09:00 a.m. to 09:30 a.m.   Register here.


Emergency Preparedness Workshops

Emergencies happen! Do you know what to do to be prepared for earthquake, tsunami or other disrupting emergencies? Attend this session and learn more about how you can be prepared in case disaster strikes.

Tuesday, October 1                     9:30 a.m to 11:00 a.m.         Register here

Tuesday, November 5                  9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.        Register here.


Active Threat

An active threat is an emergency event in which an individual with a weapon poses an immediate danger to safety on campus. Learn what steps you can take during an active threat to protect you and those around you.

Thursday, September 26             10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   Register here.

Tuesday, November 19                2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.      Register here.


Fire Drills 2019

Fire drills have been scheduled for dates in May, August and September. Each building on campus is required to conduct at least one fire drill per year. Fire drills provide a useful way for building occupants (students, faculty, staff and visitors) to practice safe exiting from the building when the fire bills sound. These drills are a very important training opportunity for the Building and Floor Emergency Coordinators. Fire drills disrupt the building for about 15 minutes once a year. The cooperation and understanding of all is greatly appreciated. 

We completed 94 fire drills on campus in 2018.

Remember: if you hear fire bells, assume it is a real emergency and evacuate the building quickly and safely.